The Paul Hogan story
THE wig doesn’t seem to fit properly and the chauvinist ’70s jokes won’t hit their mark with today’s audiences.
But is there still something to love about the ragsto-riches tale of arguably Australia’s greatest larrikin?
The biopic Hoges: The
Paul Hogan Story explores the transformation of a humble suburban kid into one of our pioneering TV talents, still living the Hollywood dream.
Josh Lawson, who shares the telemovie’s lead role with
Glitch and Puberty Blues actor Sean Keenan, believes the audience has much to learn and celebrate about this local hero. “He lived such a fascinationing and surprising life,” Lawson said. “He was the guy you’d least expect it all to happen to. He was complex but he was simple in a lot of ways too. When he first went on TV, there hadn’t been a character like that. TV was [all] put-together gentlemen with articulate voices and then Hoges burst in looking like a bloke you’d have a beer with,” Lawson said.
His preparation for the role was engrossing. Still, the actor is expecting criticism.
“People remember Hoges and they know him, they love him, so they have expectations about my version. There’s a real and tangible comparison … they’re probably protective. I put a lot of pressure on myself … that’s par for the course.”
Dynamic duo: Josh Lawson (right) as Paul Hogan and Ryan Corr as John Cornell in Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story.